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So, to streamline process, I set up an email template with a text-only resume, which I used ****** and ------- to separate sections. I pasted in three clips, with headline in caps, and date it was published. Because I had online clips, I added URL using http:// format, so even in text-only email link could by clicked. Then, for each job, I open template, write a brief 'cover letter' at top; remembering to include job reference in subject line and body, and VOILA, press SEND.
Oops, I omitted a crucial step here. I didn't SPELL CHECK. Please, please never overlook this, because I have, and spotted glaringly obvious faux pas AFTERWARDS. It's not pretty, and it's not professional.
Not only do I keep my sent queries in a separate folder for easy reference, I also keep job description. I've learned to do this, because one day, after I'd applied for five jobs, someone called about my application and I couldn't remember what particular job they referred to. So I have a simple text file, into which, I copy and paste straight from job-site page. I really hate applying for jobs. I'd much rather sit and think about it than do it. But putting in some time with my resume and clips made it a quick, easy and PROFITABLE process.
You can, too.
Cheryl Paquin mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org C.S. Paquin is a nationally published writer in both the business and humor markets. Cheryl has a Master Of Arts in Journalism and has been writing freelance for over five years. She contributes regularly to regional publications in Minnesota. She is the owner and editor of www.WritersLounge.com, a site for creative nonfiction and essay writers.